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    Writers Write What They Know About

    We will be writing about our lives,information writing, our opinions about our reading, poetry and Science books and Lab Reports. Show your child the importance of writing by modeling at home.

    How can parents help?
    •  Set up a writing area for your child at home ( have lots of paper types and writing tools).
    • As events happen during your day, suggest (lightly): That would be a great story to write!
    • Model being a writer: as you email and correspond, make a grocery list etc.
    • Give your child opportunities to write.


    Lists are a great way to get children to write. See the article below for fun list ideas to write about.

    Tips for Writing in a Journal

    1. Pick one fun thing to write about.

    2. Write about something that happened to you.

    3. Use words that will help readers picture what happened.

    4. Tell why the event was so much fun.

    5. Check your spelling and handwriting.



    Sample Friendly Letter

                                                                                      506 Country Lane
                                                                                      North Baysville, CA 53286
                                                                                      July 16, 2010


    Dear Susan,

    It feels like such a long time since the last time I saw you. I know it's only been several weeks since I saw you. So far my summer has been great!

    I spend my all my weekends at the beach. I am getting a nice tan and you can no longer say I am paler than you. I have been playing lots of volleyball, surfing and building a nice collection of sea shells. Just this past weekend I took second place in a sandcastle building contest!

    On the weekdays I work. I drive an ice cream truck around and sell ice cream to the kids. It is so cool. It is a combination of the two things I love most, ice cream and kids. The pay isn't too great but I love the job so much.

    I hope the summer's been going well for you too. There's only a month and a half left in summer vacation and after that it's back to school. Would you like to meet up some time to before school starts?

    Your friend,

    P.S. John Austin says hi.




    Sample Business Letter

                                                                            1520 Sixth Avenue
                                                                            New York, NY 10980
                                                                            May 1, 2010

    Principal Valerie Sanchez
    Redwood Elementary School
    New York, NY 10980

    Dear Ms. Sanchez:

    I am a second grade student. I think that students in our school should be allowed to
    wear uniforms. We need to spend less time and money worrying about our school
    clothes and spend more time and energy on our studies.
    If students were allowed to wear uniforms, parents would spend less money on
    clothes. Parents could then spend money on more important things that kids need
    like food, books and medical care.
    If students wore uniforms, it would make it easier for them to get to school on
    time. I spend a lot of time in the morning deciding what clothes to wear. But if I
    wore a uniform, then I wouldn’t waste my time thinking about clothes. I could
    focus more on getting to school.
    Students wouldn’t worry so much about fitting in if they wore uniforms. Kids are
    under a lot of pressure to wear the right clothes, brands and styles. Uniforms
    would show kids that it’s more important to be judged on who they are rather than
    on what they wear.
    I really think this is an important issue. Students in our school should be allowed
    to decide if they want to wear uniforms or not.
    Thank you, Ms. Sanchez, for reading my letter. I hope you will
    consider my suggestion.
                                                                     Thomas James